Halachic Musings: Can a School Confiscate Students’ Belongings?

The story seems a little far-fetched. A group of eighth-graders, it is said, collected money for a graduation trip. The amount was about $5,000. The students gave the money to...

Halachic Musings: Desecration of the Divine Name

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman There is chillul Hashem. And then there is something that we can call Avi avos chillul Hashem. What happened last week in the state legislature can...

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A father passes away and is buried in the local cemetery. The children move away. The mother moves to live next to the children. Can the deceased be reinterred...

Halachic Musings: Making Shavuos the Happiest Day Of The Year

Shavuos is the happiest yom tov of the year. Most people might think it is Purim or Simchas Torah, but Shavuos? And the answer is, “Yes, Shavuos.” The Gemara in...

Halachic Musings: Priest Wearing Tefillin

It was a strange sight to behold — a priest wearing tefillin. The picture was taken at the burial site of Dovid HaMelech, located on Har Tzion in the Old...

Halachic Musings: Putting a Con Artist Out of Business

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman When is it permitted to act upon a possible thief or con man in our midst? When can we warn others about those who engage in...

Halachic Musings: What Does a Flag Have to Do With Kashrus?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman The case of the sandwich shop in Lakewood flying an Israeli flag on Israel’s Independence Day and the alleged statement of the mashgiach of the store’s...

Halachic Musings: Overview of Sefiras HaOmer

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman What follows is an overview of some of the spiritual dimensions of sefiras haomer followed by some of the pertinent halachos. Aside from the actual mitzvah...

Ten Minute Halacha on Shlissel Challah

Is Shlissel Challah following Darkei Emori? Can we perform segulos if they are not scientifically proven? Two Ten Minute Halacha podcasts from YUTorah® Online discuss these issues. This program is made...

Shlissel Challah: Unlocking Heaven

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman “Mommy, what does the key mean? Why do we put it in the challah dough?” Last Shabbos, we read a fascinating pasuk in Shir HaShirim — the...
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